Beverly Wolterbeek has been teaching instrumental music for 29 years. She graduated from CSU Northridge with a performance major on oboe. As a public school teacher, she has taken her middle school bands and orchestras across the country winning major festival competitions. Beverly was Music Program Coordinator for the San Gabriel Unified School District, has been a guest lecturer at CSULA, and has also coached with PYSO. Her current mission and passion is bringing instrumental music ensembles to the homeschool community. Her husband and daughters also enjoy playing music, and wild Irish fiddle music can sometimes be heard wafting from their house!
Twenty-two years ago, Denise Agron resigned from teaching English as a Second Language at Azusa Pacific University and Gladstone High School in order to become a stay-at-home mom. Then the Lord called her to a 16-year journey of homeschooling / discipling her two children, a journey which recently ended (both kids are now in college). Currently, in addition to working part time for the homeschool division of a local school district, Denise is a volunteer teacher and supervisor for after-school Good News Clubs held in several elementary schools in the Charter Oak School District. She holds a B.A. in Spanish, a minor in English, an M.S.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a California State Teaching Credential (Secondary) and is a Registered Writing Teacher for the Institute for Excellence in Writing. She loves the Christian homeschool community and fervently believes in homeschooling.
Having a dad in the military allowed Kristin Valle to live in nine different states before graduating from high school. As an English teacher in her 20s and early 30s, still bit by the travel bug, Kristin taught English in a variety of cultures: Taipei, Taiwan, rural Utah, Northern Virginia, Inner City, D.C., and at the L.A. County High School for the Arts. Kristin met her husband, Mike, a designer, here in L.A., and they have three delightful children. She has stayed home with her kids for over a decade, homeschooling a bit along the way. Kristin loves the homeschool community; she is delighted to be teaching English again and thrilled to be doing so at Firm Foundations.
Mrs. Hsin Sykeh (pronounced "Sheen See-Kay")
My husband and I have been married for 12 years and have 3 happy kids, ages 8, 4, and 3. I earned both my Bachelor and Master degrees in Education at APU before teaching in public school for 12 years. This will now be our fourth year homeschooling our children, and we look forward to all that the Lord has planned for us! etc.
Cath Howarth - Being able to homeschool her three children was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of being a teacher. As an elementary student, she would gather the younger students on the playground and read them stories during recess. Later after receiving her BA in Biblical Studies, she married and did not pursue her goal of becoming a teacher until she enrolled in the Sonrise Christian Homeschooling program through which she was able to teach her now-grown children from kindergarten through eighth grade. For the past 20 years, she has worked at Temple City Education Center as a tutor and writing instructor. It brings her great joy to assist with the homeschooling of her grandchildren and to continue her connection with Firm Foundation Christian Academy by teaching writing for the Friday School program.
I am the mother of two sons and have been singing in the Music Ministry and with my husband, the Worship Pastor at Calvary Chapel Pasadena, for over 25 years. My goal is to help your children enjoy music and singing and gain confidence to perform in front of an audience.
I am an art lover through and through. A proud military veterans wife and mother to four amazing, brave and wild kids. I graduated from APU with a Liberal Studies degree concentrating in English and Art. I was a private tutor for 5 years, and a remedial teacher for 2. I have been homeschooling for 5 years and have grown and learned so much about my children and myself in such a short time. We all know that homeschooling is hard and a calling however, it is the greatest decision we have ever made for our family.
I love bacon, and amazing food. An Essential oil enthusiast and educator. I am not a morning person therefore I am grateful for coffee. I am terrified of birds. Yes, seriously. My laundry is never finished and there is almost always dishes in the sink, that being said I am ultimately a daughter of The Almighty King.
My name is Wendy Saenz. I am married to Chris Saenz. We have 3 little blessings- Haley, Liana, and Thomas Saenz. When I am not tending to my little ones, I enjoy planting or maintaining flowers on our patio. I love chocolate and coffee, even better when they are put together! I have been an elementary teacher for 10 years in Covina Valley Unified School District. Teaching children has been such a honor God has blessed me with. I look forward to continuing this journey and taking an adventure exploring many Caldecott Winner books and bringing those illustrations alive.